Tomorrow we're driving up north, and we'll be there until Tuesday.
Which reminds me, did I ever tell you about my epiphany regarding why I dread car trips so much now? I've never loved them but since having Billa I've come to really really hate them, and I didn't quite understand why. I just felt sort of like a failure: I don't like to travel with my kid. This is me.
But then, after, oh gosh, months of this, I suddenly realized: I get carsick! Not emergency stop-the-car carsick, just mildly nauseated, but mildly nauseated can be pretty darn misery-making all on its own. I'm fine if I sit in the front seat and stare straight ahead, but having a baby in the car precludes that. To keep her entertained I've got to be turning around all the time, or I've got to sit in the backseat, and both those things are awful. Alternatively, I can drive and let Bryan deal with the baby (which is what I usually do) but that makes him grumpy because he actually enjoys highway driving, and it makes me tired because I don't really enjoy it.
And this whole time I'd been feeling guilty because I have all this anxiety and dread every time we have to take Milla on a long drive in the car, but it turns out I have an excuse! I'd gotten so used to the carsickness that I had begun to assume it was an obstacle everyone dealt with, but no. I am special. Boo to the family road trips, I say, and I won't feel bad about it.
Anyway, our drive up to Bryan's parents' place in northern Michigan is about four-and-a-half hours, which is not so bad. Also we will have friends with us to help entertain the toddler and meet all of her many loudly-voiced needs, so that will make it better. And the weather up there is supposed to be nice and cool: high 60s and lower 70s. So all is sunshine and roses and happy little puppies in my head today.
I really look forward to our trips up north, I have to say. There's something wonderful about being in a place where the biggest decision you have to make on any given day is whether you want to go for a walk in the woods or stroll through the charming little town or hike on the beach or just stay where you are and nap and read all afternoon. It's bliss.
Also, if you want, you can play in the dirt.